A conversation with the 2023 Chatham Sports Hall of Fame inductees – Part 1
With four new names being added to the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame this fall, CKSN has contacted the inductees to learn more about their athletic careers.
Today’s interview is with Trevor Hay, a member of the 1998-99 Major Atom AAA Cyclones, which will be inducted into the team category.
What would you consider your biggest highlight of your career?
The highlight of the 1987-born Cyclones team was to qualify for the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, where the best hockey teams from around the world are invited to play. Qualifying for this tournament was a goal that took us two years to achieve.
Who were some of your biggest influencers or mentors in your sports career?
We were fortunate to have a consistent group of coaches and parents throughout our minor hockey career in Chatham.
Head Coach Don Johnston’s competitive spirit was a very significant mentor for our hockey careers. His attention to fundamentals, skill and strategy was a constant motivator for us. We also owe a big thanks to the huge commitment that our families made so that we could have success on the ice.
Were you aware you were being considered for the Hall of Fame?
The application for the HOF was put together in May 2022. However, last year our team did not get voted in.
What were your thoughts when you got the call you were being inducted into the HOF?
Upon receiving the call, I was thinking how surprised my teammates would be. We have often talked about how our success could be remembered, and what better way then to be recognized by the Chatham Sports HOF. We are very thankful for the nomination. To be part of Chatham’s sports history is a very big honour.
The awards will be handed out to the class of 2023 on Thursday, September 28 at the Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham. Tickets are on sale now.
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